posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 07:54 PM
Pandemic preparations...is it really necessary?
I mean, I live in an earthquake prone zone - I've been through several "biggies" (not the big one, but darned close!!). I have enough supplies to
last independently (just me and the herd of cats) for at least 2 months easily without any feeling of deprivation, excepting water. (Just the way I
buy staples, not specifically for emergency preparation). If I help feed my Dad, or completely feed him (he's not so good at getting supplies), I
can stretch it to 2 months, as well (like most Americans, I can stand to lose a few pounds). I bought some storage containers and have put them in
Dad's garage, full of canned goods that he can access should the need arise, under the guise of "really great sale, Dad, need the storage here."
(We live really close to each other).
So, just because H5N1 is rather alarming, I've been surfing the net. I've seen preparations that some have made, some amazing (and rather...odd)
preparations to be sure. But I've seen more and more webbies that are sounding the alarm...be prepared for a long time (no one says actually how
long) alone/idependent/without leaving the house.
But I can't help but remember the Y2K panic. Things were weird in December '99 to be sure...and nothing happened.
So. All that to ask:
Is it really necessary to stockpile like those I've seen? I figure I'm pretty prepared for the short haul, if the need arises (i.e. earthquake, a
short quarantine, et cetera). But is it all hype and hooey? Or should I be a bit more serious about things? Like I've said, I'm prepped for the
local natural disasters, and think that it would be sufficient for a short term quarantine. But the "panic" I see out there is almost scary itself,
What is everyone's opinion here?